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Elder Brother

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elder /ˈɛldə/ adj
  1. born earlier; senior
    Compare older
  2. (in piquet and similar card games) denoting or relating to the nondealer (the elder hand), who has certain advantages in the play
  3. archaic prior in rank, position, or office
  4. of a previous time; former
  1. an older person; one's senior
  2. a senior member of a tribe who has influence or authority
  3. (in certain Protestant Churches) a lay office having teaching, pastoral, or administrative functions
  4. another word for presbyter
Etymology: Old English eldra, comparative of eald old; related to Old Norse ellri, Old High German altiro, Gothic althiza

ˈelderˌship n USAGE
The word elder is being increasingly used, as a more respectful way of referring to older people: elder care, elder abuse

elder /ˈɛldə/ n
  1. Also called: elderberry any of various caprifoliaceous shrubs or small trees of the genus Sambucus, having clusters of small white flowers and red, purple, or black berry-like fruits
Etymology: Old English ellern; related to Old Norse elrir, Old High German erlīn, Old Slavonic jelǐcha, Latin alnus

Elder /ˈɛldə/ n
  1. Mark Philip. born 1947, British conductor; musical director of the English National Opera (1979–93) and of the Hallé Orchestra from 2000

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